Legion (2010) [Blu-ray]
|Genre(s): Action / Fantasy / Thriller|
|Sony || R - 100 minutes - $34.95 || May 11, 2010|
|Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-05-21|
Writer(s): Peter Schink & Scott Stewart (written by)
Cast: Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki, Dennis Quaid
Theatrical Release Date: January 22, 2010
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I saw Legion with a group of people back when it was released in theaters and thought it was truly a phenomenal movie. Sure, there are some scenes that made me go “huh?” and other things of that nature, but honestly I found it to be entertaining enough for me to forego any thoughts of not recommending it to anyone else. Plus, Dennis Quaid is in it and he’s quite the bad arse like normal. Oh, there are also a ton of other decent cast members here but sadly the previews tell little of them. On to the movie!
Michael (Paul Bettany) is an angel who falls from Heaven and plunges to Earth in an effort to save humanity from the upcoming apocalypse. The world is about to be destroyed by Gabriel (Kevin Durand), who is on a mission to make sure that humans suffer and parish for their sins. Meanwhile, at a truck stop in the middle of nowhere, Jeep (Lucas Black) and Bob (Dennis Quaid) are working when trouble starts. An elderly woman stops by the café and wants meat rare and uncooked. The people in the bar, including Audrey (Willa Holland), comment on how weird the woman is when the old bat proclaims they’re all going to die. She attacks Audrey’s father and lets Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) know that she will die before the night is over.
The woman eventually succumbs to some gunfire and the group of strangers are now fortified in staying alive for the rest of the night. The power goes out and they are left hopeless in the dark, until Michael shows up and lets them know about what’s going on with the world. He informs the strangers that Charlie’s newborn baby is the one key to survival they have to prove to Michael’s boss that humanity can be saved and he’s here to protect her. The group doesn’t believe him until even stranger things start happening, which includes being attacked by many other strange human beings who succumbed to some evil happenings in the world. Can the group survive the night and protect Charlie at all costs, or will Gabriel and his army take over the world and end humanity as we know it?
The one thing I liked about the movie is that it truly is a thriller, and not some lame-arse scare fest with stupid “scare” moments littered throughout the flick. I find it tedious and annoying when I have to constantly tweak the volume or watch everyone else in the room or theater jump at stupid moments during a movie. Yes, I understand that most films do have that one or two loud moment where the monsters jumps from behind a shadow or something of that sort but this one doesn’t at all. That’s a huge plus in my book since I usually have to deal with films that do this on a constant basis.
I must say that I find it surprising that the cast isn’t mentioned at all either in the previews for the movie or television commercials for the Blu-Ray. Instead, they just mention the film’s premise and title, and not the cast such as Bettany, Quaid, Gibson and Black. For the most part, the cast has been involved with some rather large movies as of late and I don’t get why the studio chose to withhold the names of the cast. I think that had they of added the cast into the film a bit more than the movie would have been a bigger draw but what would I know about advertising. That being said though, the cast is amazing in their performance, especially Bettany, and made the movie a joy to watch twice. Heck, even Gibson (who was awful in that movie about Joes…) did a great job at his stereotypical character.
There’s a ton of action, thriller, and a few bits of the horror aspect thrown in here for good measure. Yes, there are some amazingly cool death sequences and an awesome fight sequence at the end of the film, but sadly the film loses points with killing a goth chick. How dare you. Who do you think you are? Anyways, regardless of that one quip, this is a great flick.
Creating the Apocalypse (24 minutes): The cast and crew talk about the movie and some of the shots that were filmed. I found this to be a really neat extra, especially for those of you who enjoy the scenery and props made for the characters of the film. The ice cream guy fitting was pretty dang cool to watch.
Humanity’s Last Line of Defense (12 minutes): The cast and crew talk about their respective roles in the film and the goal of the film as well. Bettany isn’t the most conversational person I’ve ever watched give an interview but the rest of the cast holds their own in this brief extra.
From Pixels to Picture (11 minutes): Hopefully you’ve already guessed what this is about, but if you haven’t that’s what I’m here for. The crew talks about the special effects of the movie and how they transitioned onto the big screen. The special effects for the film are excellent to watch being created although sadly this extra is a bit too short.
** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **
Picture-in-Picture: Bringing Angels to Earth: Finally, Sony has gone all out on a release that I get to review. This is an amazing extra (are as the rest of the exclusives) that provides you with some interviews on the bottom of the screen, thoughts from the crew, and other cool things similar to the Movie IQ extra below. If you enjoyed the flick in the slightest than I strongly recommend viewing this extra when you get the chance.
Movie IQ: This has always been a favorite Blu-Ray exclusive for Sony titles as though the facts presented are both entertaining and informational about the movie and cast. This plays throughout the movie pointing out some interesting thoughts about the movie and other things such as trivia. I hope that all studios one day include this with every film.
BD-Live: I’ve still yet to find a useful way to say how useless this extra is, so stay tuned. There’s nothing here as of this writing for this extra, like usual.
Finally, a Digital Copy is available that works with iTunes.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
I can’t say anything else other than that Sony did a phenomenal job on the transfer for this recent release. I saw the film in theaters and in comparison the film looks just as beautiful here as it did months ago. Colors are near-perfect and provided me with a great scheme and palette the entire time. There were however some scenes that did have a little too much contrast difference in them and thus grain was present in various amounts, but besides that one little ticker this is a great transfer. The transfer alone is a huge step-up from other Blu-Ray’s I’ve reviewed in the past so major props go out to Sony on a job well done.
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track does an excellent job as well in comparison to the theatrical version I saw. Levels are outstanding the entire time the movie is playing and there are many if not all scenes that can be deemed reference material in my opinion. The glorious ending sequence which is about ten minutes long can easily be used to showcase a new sound system to your friends and let them hear what perfection sounds like. Surrounds are excellent, dialogue is perfect, but the one issue I have is that there were a few times when the levels were a little bit off and were too high at some points and then a little too low. That only happened at most though two or three times so don’t worry about it.
Legion is a spectacular film that underperformed somewhat at the box-office but honestly gets a great second chance on Blu-Ray. The technical package is amazing and the special features alone make this an easy purchase. This is one legion to get attached to your collection post-haste.